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Today is a random fact day.

Yesterday my friends, sister, mom and I were eating chips and guacamole. I remembered that when I was little I had called guacamole something else, but wasn’t sure what, so I asked my mom what I used to call it. 198 more words



A state of calm, tranquility, peacefulness. Old French “serenite” < Latin “serenus”=clear, fair, calm (weather).


Word Mystery: swell / hinchar / gonfler

Wednesdays, I explore the linguistic origins of the same word in different languages.

Christmas in July was a bit of a joke on my part, but that week ended up being cold enough in Paris that I ran the heat for a couple hours when I got home every night. 410 more words


The End of Language

In a week full of depressing headlines, nothing we’ve read so far has left us quite so glum as a professor’s lament at site on the far academic corners of the internet. 833 more words


Epic Epigraphy and Etymology

Turbid Tuesday

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  1. Epigraphy is the study of inscriptions or epigraphs as writing; it is the science of identifying graphemes, clarifying their meanings, classifying their uses according to dates and cultural contexts, and drawing conclusions about the writing and the writers.
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The Spanish Language

I love the Spanish culture, but my main interest in languages is in the linguistics, especially evolutionary. The differences between languages fascinate me. For example, Spanish retains a conjugation and declension system which they presumably took from Latin, whereas the English language has neglected this magnificent structure in favour of something a lot simpler.  155 more words


Starting point of an event or institution; the act of starting something. Latin “inceptionem”=beginning < “incipere”=to begin.